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Nicolas Groffman, Partner, Head of International Team

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A bit about me

If you’re doing business with anyone outside the UK, I’m the person to speak with to make it happen easily and reduce the risk for your business. I’m passionate about helping people from different cultures work together to achieve something greater than would have been possible by themselves.

I work to provide political and commercial solutions as well as legal ones, and assist my clients in real time – no matter what time zone they’re in. In particular, I specialise in helping companies that want to work with businesses in China, getting deals done while spotting any potential dangers. I work with a vast range of businesses across the globe and if you’re looking to take the leap to work internationally, I can provide strategic, cost-effective advice.

If the risk can’t be sufficiently minimised when working with an international business, I’ll be open with you and I’ll tell you what is best for your business, no matter what stage the deal is at.

Want to know more?

Don’t miss a good opportunity due to lack of trust – caution is an important instinct, but excessive caution is detrimental if unjustified.

Be bold enough to work internationally, but don’t be naive – slow down and do your due diligence properly.

Communication is the key to a successful cross-border business deal. If you’re not getting your message across, find someone who can.

How much will you charge me?

It depends on the nature of your enquiry, but we are the most cost-effective firm for overseas work and we make it clear how much our expertise will cost from the outset.

We’re happy with the counter party we’re working with – can you just run a quick check to confirm they’re OK so we can tick the box for compliance purposes?

If you haven’t done these checks before you engaged them, then the chances are they are not OK. At this point, we’ll need to do some risk management work to make sure everything is above board.

How can I save tax on our group structure when I do business in China?

Tax avoidance shouldn’t be the primary concern at the outset. Focus on getting everything else right first – having a workable, secure commercial structure is very difficult if you have prioritised tax advice first.

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关于中国单性别学校的一些想法

单性别学校在中国并不多见,供方市场存在缺口。目前我们仅在中国发现九所单性别学校(中学,不包括未登记的学校),这对于一个有2.4亿适龄学生的国家来讲,从数量上看是非常非常少的。 本文旨在观察中国适龄学生的家长对于单性别学校的态度。他们的态度与欧洲家长们的态度非常不一样。许多中国家长对于单性别学校的优点很好奇,这一点从他们非常乐于把孩子们送入仍然存在于英国的单性别学校可见一斑,中国学生在该类学校学生总数中的比例非常大,仅次于来自于穆斯林国家的学生。 教育学家和社会学家普遍认为,单性别学校能帮助女性“在这个对她们并不十分友好的世界上占据一席之地,至少在一定程度上会有所帮助”(英国2017年学校总督察的观点)。在英国,就读于单性别学校的女生在某些可测量结果上似乎优于别的孩子,但该结论并不适用于男学生。Tudor Hall校长Wendy Griffiths认为,“一个好的女子学校可以帮助一个女孩‘找到她的声音’”。这点非常重要,虽然这种帮助是如何实现的并不易凭经验来衡量,但其效果得到了学生父母和学校老师的认可。” 在英国,单性教育的没落是由男校开始并推动的,这些男校发现女生的平均考试成绩更好,所以开始招收女生。这反过来迫使女校效仿,因为开始招募女生的男校抢夺了她们的市场。然而,单性别学校的颓势很可能会在中国得以扭转甚至提振。 我们听取了很多中国家长的意见,并就这个问题分析了网上的许多相关评论。我们的研究是基于事实进行而非对科学原理进行分析,但很明显,许多中国父母认为单性别学校比混合学校更可取,他们了解并采纳了与英美两国教育社会学家的研究结果相似的看法。当然也有因缺乏了解而持不同意见的声音,但中国父母普遍比英国学生的家长更熟谙教育理论。倾向于男女混校的中国家长和那些赞成非单一性别学校的英国父母观点一致,双方都认为学校应该呈现一个由两性共同组成的“真实的世界”,从这种环境中走出的学生在面对真实社会时才不会手足无措。 对单性别学校感兴趣的中国父母倾向于关注美英学校,而对中国的单性别学校几乎没有讨论。我们认为这并非因为他们不感兴趣,而是因为单性别学校在中国不是主流,中国父母几乎别无选择而只能进行海外择校。 正如中国父母尽可能地送子女进入双语学校学习而不是将他们直接送出国外一样,男女混合教育也是如此 — 如果在中国有好的单性别学校,也会成为中国父母的选择。这是英国单性别学校与中国学校合作在中国设立单性别学校,并向这些合作学校提供专业知识的机会。 中国现有的女子学校自有其特色。她们一般不收12岁以下的学生,相比之下,许多的英国女子学校最小的学生是五岁。上海市第三女子中学是中国的一所女子学校,其前身是圣玛丽女子学校,由美国基督教会于1881年创立;上海中西女子学校于1892年由基督教南方监督协会成立。这两所学校在1952时被上海市人民政府接管并重新命名为“上海市第三女子中学”。然而此类例子少而又少,其模式不具有代表性。 寻找志在弥补该市场空白的中国商业伙伴或学校则是另外一个问题。很多此类在海外寻找合作伙伴的资金并不是由教育专家经营,而是由在非教育领域富有经验的企业家或商界人士经营管理。 投资机构对此类项目的忽视程度也令人吃惊。这种机构多由男性主导,他们在基金管理、金融及其他领域有着丰富的经验,但他们在教育理论方面则更像“酒吧里的那个家伙”—其富有感染力的发言并不以研究为基础。本文作者曾在正式会议上听到过一个似乎被广为接受的理论,理论的前提是受过高等教育的女生不容易嫁出去。这就造成了一个很古怪的现象,即消费者(中产阶级父母)对于产品的某些方面比投资者有更深了解。 然而有迹象表明这种情况正在发生变化。虽然我们认为中国留学生在进行海外择校时并不以进入单性别学校为目标,但进入英国单性别学校学习的中国学生人数很多,这是因为在英国学习的中国学生人数很多。…

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Brexit – the view from across the Channel

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What does China’s new draft China Foreign Investment Law mean for British and US business?

China published a draft Foreign Investment Law in December 2018 – it is not the…

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公司秘书服务旨在协助客户对公司进行有效管理,避免公司在运作过程中出现违规的现象,特别是在公司起步阶段,可以避免由于操作人员缺乏经验、不了解英国当地法律要求、语言障碍以及远程操作的不便等等而造成的公司不能及时更新登记信息,进而避免受到不必要的损失。 Harrison Clark Rickerbys有专业的队伍为您提供公司秘书服务,解除您的后顾之忧,为您在创业路上助一臂之力。 我们提供的公司秘书服务包括以下内容: 提供已注册的办公设施,包括根据客户指示检查、入档以及转寄法定邮件 建立、更新和维护法定要求的注册信息,包括“有重大控制力的人员的信息” 通过给客户发送电子邮件来提醒客户及时上报年报信息等 如客户要求,委任Harrison Clark (Secretarial) Limited为客户的秘书公司。尽管非上市公司并不一定要有秘书公司,但我们仍建议客户这么做,以便有专人负责与英国公司登记局的联络,并且遵守所有的信息存档要求 审阅公司的章程,根据客户的存档历史提供各类必要的文件和待办事项清单,确保客户按法律要求及时更新所有的公司登记信息 通过我们的内部软件系统建立、更新、和维护法定要求的登记信息。并以打印件的形式保存该登记信息,以备审计或其他获授权的单位查询。此外我们还代表客户与会计师或审计师就需要提供的各类信息进行联系 建立和维护有重大控制力的人的登记信息…

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New Chinese education law and its potential effect on UK schools

The revised draft of Non-State Education Promotion Law of PRC was issued on 10th August 2018. It has…

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Firms cannot prepare adequately for a shortage of EU workers because we still do not…

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One of the key issues for the UK’s strong financial sector concerned about Brexit is…

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Is life in the UK more uncertain now Brexit is a reality?

‘Uncertainty’ is a word frequently used to describe the consequences of the Brexit vote, as…

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Theresa May has large, tired eyes, is covered in TV make-up, and is dressed in…

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HCR enables UK expansion for Chinese recruitment experts

Harrison Clark Rickerbys (HCR) advised Beijing Career International, a recruitment solutions provider in China, on its…

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Top tips for exporting to new markets

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上市公司海外并购 : 如何满足127号文的尽调要求?

随着中国经济发展迅猛,我们见到越来越多的中国企业,包括上市企业,频频来欧洲收购优质资产,英国是他们的主要战场之一。在此类海外收购中,人们开始关注如何做好关于收购目标企业的尽职调查问题。这不仅是因为两国法律制度有巨大差异,也是因为国内对进行海外收购的监管要求越来越高,特别是中国证监会和交易所在信息披露等方面的严格要求。比如证监会在2016年重新修订了《上市公司重大资产重组管理办法》(也称证监会令第127号),若企业收购满足“重大资产重组”的定义,则该企业必须满足特殊的信息披露要求。 经过几年的发展,英国合瑞律师事务所 (Harrison Clark Rickerbys) 在以收购为目的的企业尽职调查上面积累了丰富的实战经验。我们擅长与国内律所合作,我们的尽调报告不仅包括传统尽调内容,如目标企业的产权结构、纳税情况、有无重大违规或被起诉、有无知识产权侵权及受保护情况、合同是否受控制权变更的影响等,还包括满足证监会特别要求的收购企业披露信息,包括收购目标资产权属清晰、符合国家产业政策、满足上市公司收购后主要资产形势的要求、以及上市公司可以在业务、资产、财务、人员、机构等方面保持独立性,等等。 上市企业在海外收购中满足各监管机构的要求,不仅是收购得以顺利进行的前提条件,也是确保相关责任人遵守诚实守信、勤勉尽责的义务,从而使得公司资产安全和股东权益都得到的保护的重要保障措施。

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Brexit - How is it impacting UK businesses?

Immediately after Brexit, the pound fell because of lack of investor confidence in our currency.…

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China allows foreign investors to own majority stakes in Securities Companies

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Your questions about Brexit

A year after the Brexit referendum, we asked South West businesses key questions about its…

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International contracts – Why you are spending your money on the wrong advice

In-house lawyers typically approach cross-border contract review in the following way: review it themselves, then…

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How to secure overseas investment

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The dangers of being a majority shareholder in a UK company

This affects anyone who holds a majority stake in a UK company.  You need to…

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New hire boosts lawyers’ international links

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ international team has been strengthened by the arrival of legal consultant Connie…

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Do you want to get your business ready for Brexit?

Brexit negotiations continue, with gifts and barbs being exchanged in equal measure, and still it…

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Is the potential loss of passporting rights under Brexit causing banks to flee the UK?

Wells Fargo have recently indicated that they will not wait for the UK to trigger…

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